Archive for November 14, 2018

By Daniel Juol Nhomngek, Kampala, Uganda


Master Plan of the proposed Ramchiel City, Lakes State, South Sudan

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 (PW) — Since the formation of the Government of South Sudan in 2005 that was followed by the formation of the government of independent South Sudan, the relevance of doctrine of terra nullius has become apparent. Terra nullius is a common law doctrine later adopted in the international law. It according to Latin terra nullius means a “land belonging to nobody.”

The issue of whether any land in South Sudan belong no one was never an issue during the period liberation struggle of 1983 to 2005. But with the formation of the Government of Southern Sudan in 2005 and the formation of the government of independent South Sudan in 2011, the discourse over the land in South Sudan change as seen in the plan to build Ramciel as the Capital city of South Sudan.

Currently, there is a heated debate on social media that Ramciel is no man’s land. Those who claim that Ramciel is a no man’s land based their reasoning on the fact that Ramciel is a vast land with no inhabitants on it and because of that it is the land that belongs to no one. This argument is a reminiscence of the British Colonial Masters’ argument during the colonial period.